Sunday, October 04, 2015

***** News Flash *****

This just in from Ron T.
Route 66 is now open. I would like to thank all those who came out to help with the clearing of the trail; Phil, Jim, Rod, Chuck, Don, & John B.   P.S. we missed you John Lopper (aka John V).

Cinder Lake, September 28, 2015

Commentary and photos by Allan R.
The weather was iffy but the rain held off and the sun came out making for a very pleasant hike to Cinder Lake for Al and 3 hikers. PHOTOS

Spine Beach Ski Trail, September 22, 2015

Commentary and photos by Phill B.
A good crowd came out to join John in his first hike as a leader It wasa lovely day and we went as far as Moose Creek and had lunch there.  PHOTOS

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

***** Combined Paddle & Hike Oct 3 *****

We will have our joint paddle/ hike with the Algoma Paddlers on Oct. 3 to finish the paddling season.   All members of the Coureurs de Bois and Algoma Paddlers are welcome to join us for the Potluck at the end of the day, even if you have not paddled and hiked that day.

Here is how the day will look.

Where:  Meet  at Miners' Monument   along Hwy 108 in Elliot Lake
When:  9:30 am Saturday , Oct. 3
What: Drive to Snowbirds Clubhouse to drop off Potluck goodies.  
Drive to boat launch on Elliot Lake.
Paddlers launch Voyageur Canoe or kayaks and head west on Elliot Lake  to end of the lake.
Leave boats at sandy area at a ski doo trail. 
Hike to High Rocks overlooking Elliot Lake. 
Enjoy  your  lunch.
Return to boats and paddle back to boat launch.
Drive to Clubhouse for Potluck Supper at 5: 00 pm.  

Details for Paddle/ Hike
We can use our own kayaks but Wally Van Dyke from the Algoma Paddlers will bring a Voyageur Canoe.   We  need  at least 12  people interested  in paddling the Voyageur Canoe.  If not, we will ALL  be in kayaks.    Advantages to being in the big canoe are that it is easier to carry gear and we all get to our destination  at the same time! 
People are certainly  welcome to paddle their own kayaks, if they choose.

Details for Potluck:

Each person attending the Potluck is asked to bring one of the following items;
a dessert OR
a tray of sandwiches  OR
a salad (pasta, green, etc)

The Coureurs de Bois  will provide  hot soup for the potluck.   

Make sure to bring your hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes for the hike to the High Rocks.  Make sure you pack a lunch for our hike .  Bring along the food for the Potluck Supper. That will be delivered to the Clubhouse before we begin out paddle/ hike.
If you are bringing your own kayak, bring your usual paddling gear.  If you are in the Voyageur Canoe life jackets and paddles are provided by Wally.

Please remember that all members of the Algoma Paddlers and the Coureurs de Bois are welcome to attend the Potluck Supper EVEN if they choose not to paddle and hike.
Please note the food items we ask you to bring for the Potluck

Please contact Emily or Wally before Sept 30 if you would like to come to join us on that date OR if you would just like to join us for the Potluck at the Clubhouse.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Mt. Dufour/Firetower Lookout Trails, September 12, 2015

Photos by Astrid T.
A baker's dozen took to the trails today on a lovely (almost) end of summer day.  Led by Jean-Guy we headed for the Mt. Dufour Trail and once atop the ski hill we admired the views.  Then it was up again as we made our way to the Firetower Lookout where we relaxed over lunch and more spectacular views.  PHOTOS

Friday, September 11, 2015

***** General Meeting Agenda Sept 15, 2015 *****

SEPT 15, 2015. 7:00 PM

  • Minutes of last meeting: 
  • Report from Secretary/Treasurer: 
  • Report from Trail Master: 

  • Charitable donation: Card from Special Olympics 
  • Still need ideas for Trail Signs (not on mine property) 
  • Lumberjack Days at Mississagi - Jim:- 
  • Junior Rangers Trail Clearing - Ron- 
  • Pizza night – Sheila-

  • Snowshoes Please return any snowshoes that have been signed out so they can be inspected / repaired for the upcoming season; This will ensure that they will be available for new member to try before buying their own 
  • IT'S HUNTING SEASON !! wear something that doesn’t look like a deer, moose, duck, bunny…
  • Inform the hike leader or sweep if you have to leave the trail for ANY reason 
  • If on mine property, the emergency # to get a gate unlocked is: 1-705-461-0466
  • Sweep's name on sign-up sheets (don’t forget to log trail clearing requirements) 
  • Membership dues to be paid directly to the Soo. Notify Donna so she can update list
  • New Members to notify Donna; (so she can put you on members list right away)
  • Paddle outings: If on the Blog, make sure it says “NOT a VTA sanctioned event”
  • Use the new sign-up sheets (please destroy the old ones). Pass completed ones to Jim (for stats). Will give to Donna to forward to VTA;  

  • We will be hosting the VTA AGM on Oct 17.  We will need volunteers to help organize; Signup sheet 
  • Change the hours for winter hike. Discuss 
  • Cross country ski trails; Chuck 
  • Need volunteers for the highway cleanup and “treasure in the trash” OCT 21st; signup sheet;
  • Combined Paddle / hike with Algoma Paddlers. October 3 Need volunteers to babysit the food for the pot luck; 
  • We needed to replace Gerry’s Kitchen Tent for our Site in Mississagi Park; Thanks to Emily for the replacement; 
  • Think about a new executive for the November meeting and elections; 
  • Shared Use Trails Committee: Jim and Ron; 
  • We need volunteers to help Sheila organize the Christmas Party (December 3 2015 at the Moose);
 Club Activities 2015 
  • Hosting the VTA AGM Oct 17
  • Highway Cleanup Oct 21st. (Treasure in the trash). Signup Sheet; 
  • Combined Paddle Hike Oct 3rd; Let Emily know if you want to go in the Montreal Canoe; 
  • Next Hike Leaders Planning Meeting: JAN 12, in the clubhouse at 2:30; 
  • General Meeting and Executive Elections: - Nov. 17th
  • Trail Clearing (signup sheets) 
  • -Christmas Party - December 3rd, 2015 at the Moose.



Together, our members have hiked and snowshoed 5298 Kms;
Our 71 years and over members have hiked and snowshoed 1760 Kms;
Our 61 - 70 years members have hiked and snowshoed 2548 Kms;
Our 41 - 60 years members have hiked and snowshoed 943.3 Kms; and
Our 19 - 40 years members have hiked and snowshoed 47 Kms;

Our members have put in 444.8 volunteer hours in the community so far this year (not counting Park Ambassadors)
Winterfest: 108 hrs.
Trail Clearing: 184.8 hrs.
Highway Cleanup: 12 hrs.
Lumberjack Days: 140 Hrs
Total: 444.8 hrs.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

***** Invite to PHFN Presentation *****

An invitation from Jim Johnston - Friends of Algoma East 

I would like to let C d Bois members know about a presentation at the Penokean Field Naturalists meeting this Thur Sept 10 at 7pm at the Ren Centre, 2 Veterans Way.

I will be doing a slide show presentation on Nature Observation & Animal Tracking. My talk likely begins about 7:20 to 7:30 or so after they do wildlife sightings and their break etc, so your group might have finished their pizza by then :)

My session will discuss how to see and understand what you are seeing when out and about in the bush... making our time out in Nature more rewarding by realizing what we are seeing and what it means. If we don’t know what we have how can we hope to protect it for future generations.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

***** Meeting Reminders *****

The next Hike Leaders Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2:30 pm at the clubhouse.  All hike leaders are encouraged to attend as we plan hikes for the fall.

The following Tuesday, September 15th, we will have our General Meeting, 7:00 pm at the clubhouse. 

Tuesday, September 01, 2015


Our second annual pizza night will be held AT THE CLUBHOUSE on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Cost is only $10 for a variety of pizza choices, caesar salad/veggie tray, and dessert squares/fruit, tea/coffee/water.  PLEASE RSVP TO Sheila at 848-3105 or Donna at 461-7958  The deadline for RSVP and payment is Friday, September 4th.  

PS  Please bring your own folding chair if you wish to sit outside on the deck at the clubhouse. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Upper Rochester Falls, August 27, 2015

Photos by Astrid T.
A small group of seven hiked to Upper Rochester Falls today.  Very little water at the falls, and levels are down substantially.  Still, the scenery is beautiful and we all enjoyed lunch on the rocks overlooking the pond.  Total distance just over 9 kms.  Thanks Ron!   PHOTOS